The new year brings much excitement for the Martin family as they look forward to a new chapter in their Habitat home. Luke, Megan, Annalise (3 years) and Asaph (6 months) are especially ready for stability, having moved five times in their six years of marriage.
The past couple of years Luke and Megan have been paying rent for a crowded, moldy, 2-bedroom apartment in Wyoming. Lack of homebuying education, the perception of debt, and affordability prevented the Martin’s from homeownership. The Martin’s two-year partnership with Habitat started with a simple trip to the ReStore. Luke walked in looking for a door knob for their current apartment and left with a pamphlet of information on starting a story of partnership.
“Freedom,” “growth” and “stability” are all words Megan uses to describe this next phase of life. “We’ve really grown in our financial responsibility. We can’t wait to own our home. To have financial freedom. To grow our family.”
The Martins are even excited for the day to day tasks at home. Megan can’t stop mentioning using her own washer and dryer while Luke has always looked forward to caring for a yard. Annalise now has a space to run around and Asaph doesn’t have to sleep in a crib in the living room. Amidst the craziness of moving place to place, the Martin’s always found time to focus on what’s most important, relationships. “Everywhere we’ve lived we’ve formed a lot of relationships,” Luke said. “It’s always been sad moving because we’ve been so close with our neighbors wherever we’ve been.”
“We’re so excited,” Megan said. “So many of our church friends live around the area. And we can’t wait to be able to host them at our home, something we didn’t feel comfortable doing before.”
Luke and Megan understand how many hands and hearts go into the Habitat homeownership process and want to thank everyone involved. “I was especially impressed with the volunteers and businesses involved,” Luke said. Luke and Megan also want to continue to be involved with Habitat Kent and volunteer in the future.
The Martins can invest in their neighborhood, live in a stable home, and raise a healthy family thanks to YOU. So on behalf of the Martins, thank you for building hope in Grand Rapids.